Thursday, January 14, 2016

Shortwave Radio

It's hard to use Shortwave Radio unless you have some idea where the stations are.  The short wave bands are filled with noises that on a quick scan almost seem like they might be stations, and you have to pass over dozens of those before you get your first voice station.

Here's by far the best index of shortwave broadcasts, updated constantly to reflect what's live right now.

Shortwave is the most free broadcast radio there is, at least in most parts of the world.  In the USA all shortwave stations must get a FCC license and build a qualified station (typical cost of around $1M) but that's peanuts compared to what it takes to buy a slot on the FM dial.

FM, of course, is priceless but sadly most FM stations don't live up to the potential of the medium.

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